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Feb 12, 2017 15:18 |  #16

My first post has the link to the refurb section of canonpricewatch...if something is out of stock you can have them notify you when it is in...it's a great service...also, like i mentioned they frequently offer more discounts every month or so, if time is not an issue


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Feb 12, 2017 15:25 |  #17

DreDaze wrote in post #18271495 (external link)
My first post has the link to the refurb section of canonpricewatch...if something is out of stock you can have them notify you when it is in...it's a great service...also, like i mentioned they frequently offer more discounts every month or so, if time is not an issue

Oh, I did not disregard your link. I have the site bookmarked now, and plan to browse lens options.


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Feb 12, 2017 15:35 |  #18

Over the years I've purchased a body and two lenses, refurbished, direct from Canon. They were indistinguishable from new and are serving me well.




  
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Feb 12, 2017 15:40 |  #19

Don't buy a "bundle" - they are selling you what they want to sell not what you need!

For now I would suggest that you get the camera and an 18-55 STM lens - play with it for a while and then see what YOU need for your uses. You may find that you want more focal length, you may find that a tripod is more important, Flash? etc etc. You may need nothing more!

I bought some junk (thankfully not too much) when I started out and fairly quickly got a better idea of what I really needed. Luckily I had a more experienced photographer to help me along (invaluable!).

For now get a decent camera (T5i looks like a good place to start) a decent lens (18-55 Stm) and just go out and shoot! Worry about other lenses/accessories when you find a need for them:-)


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Feb 12, 2017 16:21 |  #20

Just to support what others have said -- when I'm ready to buy, I check CanonPriceWatch for the "street price" and the "refurbished" price. I live in Washington state, so I have to pay 9% sales tax on any refurbished item. Given that, if both the street price and Canon refurbished have the item in stock, I buy whichever is cheapest. I've had great success with both refurbished and street prices. The street price items are brand new from an authorized Canon dealer. I do NOT use the "grey market" ebay dealers. I'm concerned about the return policies, possible lack of warranty, etc. If neither street prices nor refurbished has what I want, then I buy from B&H, Adorama, or my local Canon dealer (Kenmore Camera).

Once you have your equipment, you might want to check with your renters or homeowners insurance company about insuring your gear. My equipment is insured for about $10 per $1000 of equipment per year. If there is a loss, there's no deductible. In addition to theft, it's also covered for any damage -- drops, water, etc.

Good luck with your purchases, and enjoy the photography!


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Feb 12, 2017 16:34 as a reply to  @ LJ3Jim's post |  #21

Hadn't considered the insurance side for the OP.

When I took out my current policy (in the UK) I specified £25K+ ($31000+) of camera gear and listed the expensive bits - all risks, anywhere on the planet, extra cost? Zero! Yup I couldn't believe it either! Note this was cheaper than my, than, existing policy that didn't cover my camera gear at all! Thank you Santander:-)

Probably a bit early for the OP to worry about this sort of thing?

Let us just get him up and running - then we can spend his money:twisted:


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Feb 12, 2017 17:22 |  #22

Kinda steering away from topic for a sec, does anyone know if batteries are interchangeable between T5i and T6i?


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Feb 12, 2017 17:36 |  #23

GoDsBuTTeR wrote in post #18271632 (external link)
Kinda steering away from topic for a sec, does anyone know if batteries are interchangeable between T5i and T6i?

They are not.


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Feb 12, 2017 18:05 |  #24

LJ3Jim wrote in post #18271649 (external link)
They are not.

Thanks! That's disappointing. Looks like I'll be leaning more toward a T6i for myself as well. Makes more sense to have two cameras capable of being fully compatible with each other.


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Feb 12, 2017 18:55 |  #25

Even if you plan on buying new I find the refurbish price from Canon USA direct a good reference point. Here is the direct link to Canon USA EOS refurb site.

https://shop.usa.canon​.com …e:&maxPrice:&pa​geSize:72& (external link)

I've purchased a 7D and lenses, on sale, without a problem. You can get a good deal if you can wait for a sale. Check out the refrub lenses as well.




  
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Feb 12, 2017 18:59 as a reply to  @ grasshopper315's post |  #26

Have you paid any attention to how often out of stock refurbs are restocked? I see a T6i with 18-55 stm and 55-250stm for $670, but it's out of stock.


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Feb 12, 2017 19:25 as a reply to  @ GoDsBuTTeR's post |  #27

Stock on refurbs are hit our miss. They could have stock tomorrow or could take a month. Some items, especially on the lens side, could take several months. I think in general the T6i would pop up often.




  
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Feb 12, 2017 20:26 |  #28

Update:

Would this lens 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, take away the need for the 55-250? I know the focal length is drastically different, I guess what I am asking is would this one lens get me by for a while to see if I need want a longer focal length?


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Feb 12, 2017 20:57 |  #29

GoDsBuTTeR wrote in post #18271816 (external link)
Update:

Would this lens 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, take away the need for the 55-250? I know the focal length is drastically different, I guess what I am asking is would this one lens get me by for a while to see if I need want a longer focal length?

Good question, and the answer is yes. The extra 56-135 over the 18-55 opens up a whole new world. The 18-135 is what both my wife and I started with, and then we moved on as we figured out what kinds of photos we like to take.


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Feb 12, 2017 21:07 |  #30

LJ3Jim wrote in post #18271835 (external link)
Good question, and the answer is yes. The extra 56-135 over the 18-55 opens up a whole new world. The 18-135 is what both my wife and I started with, and then we moved on as we figured out what kinds of photos we like to take.

Just pulled the trigger on one camera... Thanks for the response!


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